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Papers/Reports | July 15, 2008

Programming for Impact

A Review of the Literature and Lessons from the Field on Programming for Vulnerable Children

Working from a variety of disciplinary perspectives—including child development, child protection, and child health—this report examines CRS-supported programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in southern Africa that are models of good practice. Four programs are featured, focused on integration, accelerated learning, the use of a novel monitoring and evaluation tool, and drop-in centers within community-based OVC programming. Good practices in OVC care and support programming build on existing community assets, actively include adults and children, and are able to incorporate new ideas and structures to develop sustainable, replicable and community accepted approaches which improve vulnerable children’s wellbeing.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Improving Vulnerable Children's Quality of Life
  • Child Development and the Vulnerable Child
  • Psychosocial Support and the Vulnerable Child
  • Protecting Childhood
  • Good Practices in Support of Vulnerable Children
  • Good Practice Sites
  • References
  • Appendices